Two few organ donors in Trinidad & Tobago
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Friday March 9, 2012 – Trinidadian officials are making a call for deceased kidney donors to ensure that there is an adequate supply of kidneys for those dependent on dialysis.
This call is coming from the country’s Ministry of Health who is urging nationals to contact the National Organ Transplant Unit and become an organ donor. To date 300 people registered since its launch on March 2007.
The theme for this year’s World Kidney Day celebrated yesterday was Donate – Kidneys for Life – Receive, and health authorities urged nationals to get involved in organ donation and save a life.
As of December 2011, there were 699 people in the twin-island state receiving dialysis treatment at both private and public health care facilities.
But, the number of organ donors needed to take patients off dialysis is not enough as only 83 kidney transplants were done in the last six years, of which only three were from a deceased donor.
Health authorities explained that a live donor could only help one person, while a deceased person could help at least two people at one time.
However, there are concerns as Trinidad and Tobago reports that more than half of its population (55.5 per cent) 15 years and older are overweight or obese, while 25 per cent of school children between the ages of five and 18 are overweight or obese.
In addition over 40 per cent of the country’s population do not exercise regularly, and a whopping 90.8 per cent eat less than the recommended five servings of fruit and vegetables daily.